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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Department of Public Welfare Launches Easier Way for Low-Income Residents to Apply for Home Heating Bill Assistance

Department of Public Welfare Launches Easier Way for Low-Income Residents to Apply for Home Heating Bill Assistance
Harrisburg – The Department of Public Welfare is encouraging Low-Income Home
Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) recipients to apply online this year for
assistance in paying home heating bills, a new process that will make the
application process faster and will save taxpayer dollars.

The department is sending all LIHEAP clients who applied online last year a
postcard notice encouraging them to reapply online. In the past the department
sent only paper applications to all perspective clients, even if they applied online
the previous year.

“Paper applications will always be available to our clients who prefer them,”
Secretary of Public Welfare Gary D. Alexander said. “But, in order to reduce
administrative costs within the LIHEAP program, we are taking a different approach
this year by encouraging clients to apply for the program online.”

Clients who received LIHEAP last year will have the opportunity to apply prior to the
LIHEAP program opening on Nov. 1. By way of the new postcard, clients will be
provided with a pre-registration number giving them access to an online application
that has already been filled out using last year’s data. Clients will simply have to
make sure their online information is correct and update anything that may have
changed, saving both clients and the department valuable time.

All online applications are sent straight to the county office to determine eligibility,
thereby eliminating mail and hand processing time. In addition, the department will
save approximately $75,000 by sending postcards instead of full application packets
in the mail.

“The LIHEAP program is a critical component to helping Pennsylvania families make
ends meet by keeping them warm and safe during the winter months,” Alexander
said. “This is also an example of how the department has looked at each and every
program and identified both big and small ways that we can reduce government

LIHEAP is a grant program that offers home heating assistance to eligible low income
households or families in crisis. Each year, the LIHEAP program serves
392,349 Pennsylvania households.

New applicants can begin applying for the program on Nov. 1. Previous clients who
applied online last year, and those participating in a pilot postcard application
program in Lancaster County, should be receiving a postcard. The rest will receive
paper applications in the mail. Applications are reviewed on a first-come, first served

LIHEAP benefits will be issued beginning Nov. 1. Clients interested in applying
online can visit

For more information on LIHEAP, visit the Department of Public Welfare’s website at


Anonymous said...

Shouldn't need it. Remember? The "gas boom" was gonna make domestic gas so cheap everyone could afford it....

Swimming if fuel oil said...

Not everyone heats with gas, and if they wanted to, can't afford to do so.

Anonymous said...

Why do we keep making these free giveaways easier?
This is just inviting people to not be responsible for themselves and their actions. I am sick of seeing all these people on the take, yet they can afford to drink and smoke.
Somthing wrong with this picture. I don't have time to go drinking because they take so much in taxes to pay for this foolishness.
Lots of jobs get out and find them.

Anonymous said...

Hey 9:48 I work just like you I also get raped in taxes but you live in pa there isn't any jobs around here. And there is people that don't need it and get it but there is people that do need it and as for the first comment y that was supposed to be the deal with natural gas but again your in pa and if the state and government can F you they will at least this program let's some people not get screwed

Anonymous said...

Good comment 11:16am. These knuckle heads jump on the bandwagon all the time screaming abuse. Don't get me wrong there is alot of that. But there are people who actually need a break. I'll also bet that the same people that belly ache all the time about those who take assistance when needed wouldn't even take a look at some of the jobs that are open around here. Employers want you to work for mothing and are taking advantage of the local people in the area. How are you supposed to make a make a living on 7.25 an hour? It can't be done these days. Where are they supposed to go to look for a good paying job? There isn't any I am sure that they wouldn't work three jobs like I do to make ends meet. So until you walk in my shoes I don't want to hear your BS.